Declining just 15% from the previous weekend, Gone Girl easily holds on to the top spot for a second week, and has now grossed a robust £9.83m after just 11 days. The David Fincher thriller is one of only eight 2014 releases to achieve two weekends at £3m-plus at the UK box-office, the others being The Wolf of Wall Street, The Lego Movie, The Amazing Spider-Man 2, X-Men: Days of Future Past, Dawn of the Planet of the Apes, Guardians of the Galaxy and The Inbetweeners 2. Major hits that failed to manage £3m in their second week this year include Transformers: Age of Extinction, Maleficent, Godzilla and Captain America: The Winter Soldier.
Gone Girl is doing particularly well considering its 18 certificate makes it unavailable to a significant slice of regular cinemagoers. The Wolf of Wall Street is the biggest-grossing 18-certificate film of all time, with £22.7m, ahead of Hannibal (£21.6m) and American Beauty (£21.3m). It’s too early to predict just how far Gone Girl will climb up the all-time rankings for 18-certificate films, but the competition gets sparse above £15m box-office takings.
Since Gone Girl is based on popular source material (Gillian Flynn’s bestselling novel), you might expect a more frontloaded revenue curve: a big opening as fans flock, followed by big drops. The fact that the opposite has occurred is very good news for the film, suggesting it is reaching far beyond fans of the book. The Wolf of Wall Street saw successive drops of 22%, 34%, 33% and 30% in the weekends following its release. It stood at £10.9m at the same stage of its run, about 11% ahead of Gone Girl.